Fair’s fair: for once, Google did right, even though it took them ages.
My last entry on this topic was in April, when Google refused to remove a pirate site that they provide cloud services for.
Two months later, I received word that they had reviewed one of the URLs I had complained about: ‘We’re working on removing access to the content at these URLs per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The content will be removed soon.’
I had planned to file with them to get the sites removed from the index itself, so it’s good that someone within the firm had the sense to action that independently.
It’s a drop in the ocean considering how much spun and pirated content is out there as a direct consequence of Google’s actions, but I’ll take the little triumphs I can get to make the web a better place. It’s also in Google’s best interests to have a workable search engine by removing pirate sites, but that won’t ultimately stop till those sites cease receiving funding from Google advertising.